COM DEV equipment launched on Eutelsat 70B communications satellite

CAMBRIDGE, ON, Dec. 4, 2012 /CNW/ - COM DEV International Ltd. (TSX: CDV), a leading manufacturer of space hardware subsystems, today announced that the Eutelsat 70B satellite was successfully launched on December 3rd with COM DEV-built switches and multiplexers on board.

Eutelsat 70B will replace the Eutelsat 70A satellite, which has been in service at 70.5 degrees East since 2002, and will more than double the Ku-band capacity available at this location to 48 channels.

Through broad wide beam coverage and four high-performance fixed beams, Eutelsat 70B will support communication services over four distinct zones: Europe, Africa, Central Asia and South-East Asia reaching as far as Australia. A high degree of on-board connectivity will enable the beams to be used either for regional coverage or to interconnect continents.

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"Eutelsat 70B is an important satellite in the communication infrastructure that will provide video and telecom services to four continents," said Mike Williams, President of COM DEV International Products. "This deployment demonstrates the important role our equipment plays as satellite operators strive to provide more services across a wider footprint. COM DEV offers proven quality and reliability, flexible design that can enable new service offerings and the ability to consistently deliver components on time and within budget."

The satellite was launched from the ocean-based Odyssey Launch Platform in international waters of the Pacific Ocean on December 3 on a Zenit-3SL rocket. The Eutelsat 70B was built by Astrium for Eutelsat and has a life expectancy exceeding 15 years.


COM DEV International Ltd. ( is a leading global provider of space hardware and services.  With facilities in Canada, the United Kingdom and the United States, COM DEV manufactures advanced subsystems and microsatellites that are sold to major satellite prime contractors, government agencies and satellite operators, for use in communications, space science, remote sensing and defense applications. COM DEV's majority-owned subsidiary, exactEarth Ltd., provides satellite data services.

This news release may contain certain forward-looking statements that involve risks and uncertainties. Actual results may differ materially from results indicated in any forward-looking statements. The Company cautions that, among other things, in view of the rapid changes in communications markets and technologies, and other risks including the cost and market acceptance of the Company's new products, the level of individual customer procurements and competitive product offerings and pricing, and general economic circumstances, the Company's business prospects may be materially different from forward-looking statements made by the Company.

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SOURCE: Com Dev International Ltd.

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Gary Calhoun
Chief Financial Officer
Tel: (519) 622-2300 ext. 2826

Craig MacPhail
TMX Equicom
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